Jump to content

Immunity
MMR


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 lovepink

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

Hi all

I got a call from the Dr yesterday morning asking me to come in to discuss test results.

Turns out I am 100% immune to Mumps, I have zero immunity for Measels and my count for Rubella is 28, and the Dr says they like it to be 30.

He didnt say that I can't get pregnant with these results, just that Id have to be careful ... he also said he can give me a vaccination for these but then we'd have to wait 3 months before TTC. He said some people just have lower levels of immunity to certain things or vaccinations arent as effective - so even with the vaccine he cant say my immunity will increase. Has anyone else heard of this??

So what to do ... we really dont want to wait 3 months, especially as there is no guarantee ... people who experience unplanned pregnancy would more than likely not of had these tests before getting pregnant so what do they do if their situation is like mine?

Thanks in advance x

#2 Just_Keep_Swimming

Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:37 PM



Hi Op,

After a miscarriage two months ago my GP did a blood test and I had 0 count for rubella and 0 immunity to chicken pox and mumps. These were my results despite me having had the vaccine twice before in my life. Everyone's immunity is different. Some people can have the vaccine and be immune for the rest of their life and some need to keep getting boosters.

I had the booster as rubella and measles are going around our area at the moment. (Just after I had the shot my son caught a mild case of rubella from pre-school).
My GP said that you only need to wait 28 days after a vaccine of MMR. It used to be 3 months however as the affects on a baby after having a shot while pregnant is only in theory so they dropped it from 3 months to 28 days or a full cycle.
I also read on a health website that out of 4000 pregnant women that received the shot while pregnant or accidentally conceived after having the shot there were no affects on their babies.  
Though personally, I would wait as the severity of the possible affects on the baby is just not worth the rush.

Also it does not hurt to call another doctor or midwife and ask for their advice if you prefer not to wait the full 3 months.

Lots of luck and I hope you get a BFP soon :-)

Edited by Son_LightOfMyLife, 01 January 2013 - 12:38 PM.


#3 elizabethany

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

Mine was exactly the same, but swithched for Mumps and measles.  I decided not to ge the booster, as I have had it 4 times so far (in the last 14 years), and none of the times has the immunity for those two picked up.  The only reason I had ANYTHING for rubella is that I caught it while in high school, after the first MMR shot.  Unfortunatly, I am just a person who doesn't pick up immunity very easily.

For me, there was no point, I wasn't going to get immunity anyway, but for you it is a calculated risk.  The chances of catching it are reasonable low, but the side effects for the baby are pretty bad if you catch Rubella while pregnant (I have a cousin who is completely deaf due to this), so It is a risk I would be happier not to take.

If I was in your exact position, I would get the shot and wait out the time.  This is from the Aust govt immunisation site: "Seronegative women should be given MMR vaccine and advised not to become pregnant for 28 days after vaccination."

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet...andbook-rubella

#4 lovepink

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

Thank you for your replies. I am very unsure what to do  sad.gif

#5 PatG

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

I would talk to the doctor again and query the 3 months cf 1 month wait.  It may be that you don't hold immunities very well but the shots could increase your immunity enough to make it through the very dangerous period of being pregnant and as a PP said, the dangers to an unborn baby if you contract rubella are pretty serious.  Are you all set to TTC apart from the immunities?  I.e taking extra folate for at least one month etc?  If I was you, which I'm not, I would be getting the MMR shot and waiting to TTC.

#6 IsolaBella

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

I would wait and have he shots. My Aunt coud never seroconversion for rubella 5shots in 5yrs no immunity. Unfortunately one PG first trimester she got rubella. She made the difficult decision to terminate.

So also think about the next step.

When was your last shot?

#7 kwiggle

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

Get the shot.  You may be resistant to developing immunity, but you'll only know if you have a booster.  Get a pertussis vaccine at the same time!  My decision tree for these kind of problems goes something like this -

What are the risks?  In this case your risk of contracting one of these diseases in pregnancy or while you have an infant are low, but the consequences are catastrophic.
What are the consequences of going ahead with the shot? You will have to delay TTC for one cycle.  Not a big deal over the course of a lifetime.
If I knew about it and didn't act, then had a problem how would I react to that?  Personally I would have trouble accepting my decision if my kid got really sick because I didn't do it.

You have a pretty unique opportunity to make everything just right before you get pregnant.  Heaps of people aren't smart enough to give themselves that chance!  Good luck.

#8 ubermum

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Wait and have a booster. Measles is on the rise and some of these illnesses carry the risk of miscarriage if contracted by a pregnant woman. 3 months is not so long.  I miscarried at 3 months (other reasons), so my plans for a child were set back for many more months than that and carried the added burden of heartache. Give yourself the best possible chance of a successful pregnancy that you possibly can.

#9 PatG

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

I 2nd the whooping cough vaccine while you are at it.  Did you also have your chicken pox immunity looked at?

#10 lovepink

Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

Has anyone had the vaccine and then waited only a month?

#11 anotherid

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

The Australian Immunisation Handbook is the bible for all things related to immunisation. This handbook states that you only need to wait 28 days before TTC. You can google it for yourself if you would like to check.

Then perhaps print a copy of it to show your GP and remind him that it is perhaps time for him to stay up to date. Out of advice like this really upsets me.

#12 EsmeLennox

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

It is only a 1 month wait and has been for quite some years. Your GP is out of touch.

Get the shot, waiting for a short time is not a big deal.


1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How to talk about your pregnancy at work

The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.

Tell us your story to win!

To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.

Where to get help to help your baby sleep

There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.

Vintage baby names having a comeback

What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.

When your partner doesn't want you to breastfeed

Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.

Model mum Sarah Stage shares post-baby selfie

Most new mums would recoil at the thought, but Sarah Stage has shared a post-pregnancy selfie just four days after giving birth.

I'll admit it: I have last child parenting fatigue

If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.

Exhaustion is not the same as tiredness

Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.

Five posterior babies, four home births

I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.

Mum's list of birthday gift demands goes viral

We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.

Kate Middleton to receive 'loyalty discount' for second birth

Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.

Pregnant women need good nutrition advice, not judgment

Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.

When your child wants you to have another baby

Giving your child a sibling when you don't want to have another baby can be a complex issue.

William Tyrrell's mum speaks out: 'We hope he is still alive'

The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".

Family comes first for 23-year-old Tommy Connolly

Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.

Newborn all-girl quintuplets 'doing great'

The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.

Model mum's big baby silences critics

He may be less than a week old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Last chance to win a year's supply of toys

You have less than a week left to win your child one of five Fisher-Price toy packs valued at over $600 each - hurry, enter today!

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

 

ENTER NOW!

Win a year's worth of toys

Last week to submit a picture of your baby at play for your chance to win. Visit the Play Wall to view our recent entries.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.